Russia delays decision on Google anti-trust violation

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Google and parent company Alphabet will wait a bit longer to find out how much of a fine they may have to pay the Russian government after being found to violate Russian anti-trust laws. The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) was expected to announce a decision today, but instead delayed a ruling until May 31st. This move appears to have come at the request of Alphabet. Read more

Google makes Full OTA Images available for Nexus devices, allows you to keep bootloaders locked

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Being able to flash the latest version of Android to your Nexus device is one of the most appealing benefits of owning a Nexus handset or tablet. The only real downside was having to unlock your bootloader to do so. That’s no longer the case, though, as you can now access full OTA images for all supported devices, allowing you to sideload the image via adb in recovery, even if your Nexus device has a locked bootloader. Read more

Google wants to help put local news sources on the front page

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Google announced today that they are adding a new “Local Source” tag to their Google News platform to help readers around the globe identify news sources that may be especially close to a news subject. Often these local news sources can provide additional context and perspective. A problem can rise up though when a local story goes viral and national publishers end up drowning out the local sources. Read more

Google’s Project Soli still in development under the radar

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Last year at Google I/O, one of the more interesting Google technology projects that was on display was Project Soli. The project came out of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) lab and used a bunch of radar sensors onboard a small chip that could detect physical movement sans actual touch. Since then, Google has not revealed much about progress on the project, but some new clues indicate Project Soli is still very much alive. Read more